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Alma Doepel update

05 Mar 2015

More funding is needed to ensure the future of Docklands’ historic top-sail schooner, the Alma Doepel.

That was the message Alma Doepel restoration director Peter Harris gave to the Docklands Community Forum on February 25.

With the support of the Docklands Chamber of Commerce, the Alma Doepel team is seeking a further $1.7 million in order to complete the project.

The team has an estimated two years to complete the restoration at its current Shed 2 location, before Lend Lease’s Collins Wharf development will require them to move to another location.

A shipping container providing information about the Alma Doepel’s history and charting the fund-raising progress was installed on Harbour Esplanade in January.

Last month students from Brunswick Flexible Learning decorated the sides of the shipping container under the supervision of their teacher and past Alma Doepel trainer Chris Lougheed.

The Alma Doepel also hosted the Masonic Lodge Unique Car Group’s car show at Shed 2 in February.

Docklands Chamber of Commerce executive member Bill Reid said support for restoration was going well.

“Plans are currently underway for an auction night fundraiser at a local venue with views over the water,” Mr Reid said.

“The chamber is looking for businesss in Docklands who would like to support the restoration program and donate goods or services for the auction night.”

The chamber and restoration team continue to promote the “Buy a Plank” scheme, which allows individuals and businesses to fund the purchase of a $500 plank for the restoration of the ship’s hull.

Total fundraising tally for February: $500
Masonic Lodge Unique Car Group: $500

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